The Dutch midfielder is a target for the Red Devils and the La Liga giants this summer, with Ajax chief executive and former United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar confirming interest from the two European heavyweights.
Yet de Boer appeared to imply that the Spanish side are mulling over a £49million deal for the Dutchman, with Manchester United preparing to offer £36million for the player.
Ajax’s Donny van de Beek (above) is on the radar of Manchester United and Real Madrid
Ajax coach Frank de Boer said Real Madrid are mulling over a move and United could pounce
De Boer told FOX Sports: ‘If Real Madrid again decide not to report themselves at Donny, then I can understand it if he decides to go to Manchester United instead.
‘On the one hand, I understand that Real Madrid are hesitating a bit. Another club could think, “hey, an interesting player, maybe we can get him for a little less”. For example Manchester United.’
The Dutch midfielder came through the infamous Ajax academy to make his first-team debut in 2015 and has since made 175 appearances in all competitions for the Eredivisie giants.
Last season, van de Beek was an key figure in the Ajax side that reached the semi-finals of the Champions League, scoring in the quarter-final second-leg win over Juventus and in both ties in the last-four defeat to Tottenham Hotspur.
The 23-year-old is an Ajax fan through and through, after being taken by his father Andre to Amsterdam Arena for the first time at the age of five.
The 23-year-old goalscoring midfielder netted eight times in 23 matches for Ajax this season
De Boer (left)’s brother Frank (right) gave van de Beek his first Ajax matchday squad call-up
De Boer, whose brother Frank gave van de Beek his first call-up to an Ajax first-team matchday squad five years ago, thinks the midfielder fits the profile for what Solskjaer wants in his Manchester United squad.
The Ajax youth coach added: ‘Solskjaer has indicated that he wants to go in a new direction and wants players who are humble, their heart is with the club, a team player.
‘I think he is tired of the [Paul ] Pogbas running around. He wants players like Donny van de Beek.’
It is not only French star Paul Pogba that van de Beek would have to compete with for a spot in Solskjaer’s starting line-up, with Scott McTominay, Andreas Perreira, Nemanja Matic, Fred and Bruno Fernandes all looking to feature in the United midfield next season.
The Dutch midfielder has scored eight goals in 23 league games for Ajax this season, adding two more in the Champions League.